Sergeant Walter E. Curtis
(SSG) Walter E. Curtis was killed in action on
1,1944 while assigned to the 133th Infantry Regiment, 134th Infantry
Division (Red Bull). He was shot and killed by a sniper in
Cecina Italy. The three soldiers who were with him at the time of
his death located the sniper and killed him. SSG Curtis was awarded
the Purple Heart medal for the wounds that he received in action
that resulted in his death.
E. Curtis was raised in Randall, Minnesota by his mother Cora and
Uncle Ed Davis. Not much is known about his father. His Uncle
Ed owned the property where the St. James Catholic Church in Randall
is now located. The house where he grew up was where the current St.
James Catholic Church rectory is located. He
was an only child and graduated from the Little Falls High School
in Little Falls, Minnesota. His mother was a longtime school teacher
at the Randall School.
E. Curtis was active in 4H and showed a Brown Swiss Bull purchased
by his Uncle at the Morrison County Fair. The story goes that
Uncle Ed Davis always rode a white horse into the pasture. One
day the bull charged the horse and knocked the horse to the ground.
Fortunately Uncle Ed was not hurt when he also hit the ground. It
was not long after the incident that the bull was sold to a local
married Betty Sanders before enlisting in the military in 1941.
They did not have any children and the whereabouts of his wife after
his death is unknown.
Walter E. Curtis is buried in the Randall City Cemetery.